FAQs - Frequently asked questions

For students

Which courses should I evaluate? 

All regularly attended courses should definitely be evaluated. This is especially important to ensure that the systemic survey is balanced. Neither should only particularly good, nor conspicuously negative learning experiences be reported back. Truly every course, even if it is unexceptional and did not stand out in either a positive or negative way, needs feedback and all instructors deserve feedback for the work they do.

What is the goal of the course analysis (LVA)?

The course analysis LVA regularly evaluates all courses at the university. The questionnaires used collect quantitative and qualitative feedback on the professional competence of the lecturers, the teaching of the subject matter, the content, structure and scope of the course, the general conditions as well as the study behavior and student interest. This evaluation serves both the students and the lecturers for quality assurance and further improvement of the courses offered. We thereby contribute to the establishment of a feedback culture and to the continuous increase of quality awareness in teaching.

Why is the LVA important for students? 

Feedback from the LVA can be used to ensure and improve the quality of the courses offered. Student participation is particularly important and it is essential that a questionnaire be completed for each course attended. The student feedback is then evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively and regularly forwarded to the responsible dean of studies. Especially the feedback in own words in the free text fields can additionally strengthen particularly competent and motivated teachers and give important hints for further course planning. Most of the teachers decide to publish the course results, so that the students can already include them in the course directory when planning their semester (Course details - Lector(s): - Teaching evaluation).

Is the course evaluation LVA anonymous? 

All feedback from course evaluations is anonymous. The software EvaSys (https://evasys.de/) guarantees anonymous surveys. All online surveys of the Office for Quality Assurance in Teaching are conducted anonymously using an automatically generated code that entitles the respondent to cast only one response. Occasionally, surveys with paper questionnaires are still used, which are of course also processed anonymously. An identification of a specific person or their feedback would only be theoretically possible by selecting certain combinations of characteristics (e.g. age, gender, semester, degree program, etc.) in the raw data of the database, which, however, is neither accessible to the teachers nor to the administrators. Since access to this data is not possible, no changes can be made to the evaluation afterwards, should inadvertently incorrect information be provided. The automated report generation for the survey is also only started if the survey has been completed by at least 5 people.

What are the advantages of online evaluation? 

The LVA is much more convenient to fill out online and can be handled anonymously. Furthermore, the data quality of online surveys is much higher and can be evaluated quickly and easily. Especially the feedback of the students in the free text fields can now be used much better for the qualitative evaluation of the course and offers the students the possibility to report their impression of the course in their own words.

Who can see the LVA results? 

All lecturers can decide for themselves whether the LVA results per course are published in LFU:online. The majority of lecturers decide to publish the results, thus enabling students to view them in the LFU:online course directory (Course details - Lector/s: - Teaching evaluation). In addition, the course results are regularly evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively and reported to the dean of studies in order to ensure and improve the quality of teaching.

What happens with the feedback from the LVA? 

The feedback from the LVA is regularly evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively to ensure and further improve the quality of the teaching. The participation of the students is particularly important and it is essential to fill in the questionnaire for each course attended. Especially the feedback in own words in the free text fields can motivate the teachers and give important hints for further course planning. Most instructors decide to publish the LVA results and thus students can already include them in the course directory when planning their semester.

Are the LVA results published? 

All lecturers can decide for themselves whether the LVA results per course are published internally in LFU:online. The majority of lecturers decide to publish the results, thus enabling students to view them in the LFU:online course directory (Course details - Lector(s): - Teaching evaluation). In addition, the course results are regularly evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively and reported to the dean of studies in order to ensure and improve the quality of teaching.

Can the LVA survey be redone or amended at a later date? 

No, a questionnaire that has already been completed cannot be called up again and changed. Each of the links sent out to the online surveys can only be fully edited once. Since all responses are stored anonymously and in accordance with data protection regulations, no changes can be made to the responses at a later date. If inadvertently incorrect information is provided, it cannot be subsequently changed.

How can I view the LVA results for a specific course? 

The summarized results of the LVA can be viewed in LFU:online per course. However, the results can also be easily retrieved via the people search https://lfuonline.uibk.ac.at/public/people.search, as the LVA is linked to the instructors.

Which courses are evaluated by the LVA? 

Eight faculties each are obliged to undergo a full evaluation per academic year, thus all courses are evaluated. Teachers from the remaining eight faculties can, however, voluntarily participate in the LVA at any time and this offer is also used very frequently. For the academic year 2021/22, the following faculties have been assigned to the mandatory or voluntary evaluation:

Academic year 2021/22
Mandatory evaluation Voluntary evaluation
Architecture Biology
Business and Management Chemistry and Pharmacy
Educational Sciences Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences
Psychology and Sport Science Teacher Education
Social and Political Sciences Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics
Engineering Sciences Catholic Theology
Economics and Statistics Language, Literature and Culture
Law Philosophy and History


How long can I participate in the LVA? 

The online questionnaire is open for 14 days from receipt of the email and can only be completed once. If too little response is generated within these two weeks, a reminder email will automatically be sent to all those students who have not yet participated by this time and the survey will be extended for another seven days.

For lecturers

What is the goal of the course analysis (LVA)? 

The course analysis LVA regularly evaluates all courses at the university. The questionnaires used collect quantitative and qualitative feedback on the professional competence of the lecturers, the teaching of the subject matter, the content, structure and scope of the course, the general conditions as well as the study behavior and student interest. This evaluation serves both the students and the lecturers for quality assurance and further improvement of the courses offered. We thereby contribute to the establishment of a feedback culture and to the continuous increase of quality awareness in teaching.

Why is the LVA important for teachers? 

Student feedback can contribute significantly to the quality assurance of teaching and is important for self-reflection of teaching activities. The communication of this importance by lecturers themselves is essential. Only if the importance of the LVA is explicitly and repeatedly communicated to the students, we achieve a good response rate that allows a representative and substantial assessment of the LVA results. It has also proven successful to encourage students to complete the LVA during the course on one of the last course dates so that sufficient feedback can be collected. The student feedback is evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively and regularly forwarded to the responsible dean of studies. Especially the feedback in own words in the free text fields can give important hints for further course planning. In the interest of a transparent quality culture, most instructors decide to publish the course results and students can view them in the LFU:online course directory.

What do I have to do to have my course evaluated? 

The activation of the evaluation can be done easily and quickly in VIS:online in the area "Personal data -> "My teaching" -> menu item "Teaching performance" -> tab "Course analysis". Each academic year, eight faculties are subject to a mandatory full evaluation; the courses of the remaining eight faculties can be evaluated voluntarily at any time. In the case of a mandatory evaluation, only the lists of participants in the VIS must be checked for completeness and, if necessary, the evaluation period must be adjusted. Here you can find all information about the procedure of a full evaluation: [Instructions for mandatory evaluation].

For the voluntary evaluation, the lists of participants in the VIS must also be checked and the evaluation period must be defined. The definition of the courses to be evaluated can be selected in the VIS application under the menu item "Personal data -> "My teaching" -> menu item "Teaching performance" -> tab "Course analysis". To do so, click on the menu item "New" and select the evaluation type "Online evaluation". Detailed instructions for the voluntary evaluation can be found here: [Instructions voluntary evaluation].

For the academic year 2021/22, the following faculties have been assigned to mandatory or voluntary evaluation

Academic year 2021/22
Mandatory evaluation Voluntary evaluation
Architecture Biology
Business and Management Chemistry and Pharmacy
Educational Sciences Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences
Psychology and Sport Science Teacher Education
Social and Political Sciences Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics
Engineering Sciences Catholic Theology
Economics and Statistics Language, Literature and Culture
Law Philosophy and History

 

Who can view the LVA results? 

All lecturers can view their own LVA results. It is possible to publish the results of each course in LFU:online and most of the teachers use this possibility. In addition, the course results are regularly evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively and reported to the dean of studies in order to ensure and improve the quality of teaching.

When is the ideal time to do the LVA? 

The LVA should take place in the last third of the course period and before any exams. It has also been proven to do the LVA during the course in the second to last unit and to ask the students to take ten minutes to complete the questionnaire in order to obtain a sufficiently high response rate. For the courses of the mandatory full evaluation, the month of the last course date is always stored as the default value for the evaluation date. If the course analysis should take place at an earlier time, the evaluation date can be adjusted to an earlier month. The change must be made by the 15th of the month in which the evaluation is to take place. In exceptional cases, it is possible to move the evaluation window to a date after the last registered course date. Please contact the Büro für Qualitätssicherung in der Lehre.

What can be done to get more response? 

The communication of the importance by the lecturers themselves is essential. Only if the importance of the LVA for the teachers and the students is communicated explicitly and several times, we will achieve a good response rate that allows a representative and substantial assessment of the LVA results. It has also proven successful to encourage the completion of the LVA during the course on one of the last course dates so that sufficient feedback can be collected. If the LVA does not generate enough feedback within one week, an automatic reminder email is sent to all students who have not yet participated and the survey is extended by another week

New for the summer semester 2022: online in presence

- More flexibility for students and teaching staff
- Lecturers receive the results of the evaluation shortly after
- Teachers can actively shape the evaluation process

Detailed information to this typ
e of course analysis you can find here
https://www.uibk.ac.at/qs-lehre/tasks/lva/informationen-online-in-praesenz.html.en

What happens with the feedback from the LVA? 

The feedback from the LVA is regularly evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively and used to ensure and further improve the quality of the teaching offered. The reports on the LVA are made available per course to the teachers and the respective dean of studies. Most instructors also decide to publish the LVA results in LFU:online and thus make them available to the students.

Should the LVA results be published? 

In the interest of a transparent quality culture, most lecturers decide to publish the LVA results. These can then be viewed by students in the LFU:online course directory.

Can the LVA be repeated at a later date? 

In exceptional cases, the LVA can be reopened at a later date. Of course, all previous feedback will be retained, but additional feedback can be generated by sending a reminder e-mail within seven days if the original evaluation period was not well chosen. Please contact the Büro für Qualitätssicherung in der Lehre.

Is a paper evaluation with hardcopy questionnaires also possible? 

In exceptional cases (e.g. excursions), a paper evaluation can also be useful. In general, however, the online survey is preferable for organizational, ecological and data protection reasons. Please contact the Büro für Qualitätssicherung in der Lehre.

What are the advantages of online evaluation? 

The LVA is much more convenient to fill out online and can be handled anonymously. Furthermore, the data quality of online surveys is much higher and can be evaluated quickly and easily. Thus, the online survey is preferable to the old printed questionnaires for organizational, ecological and data protection reasons. Especially the feedback of the students in the free text fields can now be used digitally much better for the qualitative evaluation of the teaching offer and offers the teachers the possibility to include this feedback of the students in the further course design.

Where can I see if and when my course will be evaluated? 

Each academic year, all courses of eight faculties are subject to a mandatory full evaluation. For the academic year 2021/22, the following faculties have been assigned to mandatory or voluntary evaluation:

Academic year 2021/22
Mandatory evaluation Voluntary evaluation
Architecture Biology
Business and Management Chemistry and Pharmacy
Educational Sciences Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences
Psychology and Sport Science Teacher Education
Social and Political Sciences Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics
Engineering Sciences Catholic Theology
Economics and Statistics Language, Literature and Culture
Law Philosophy and History

If your course is part of the voluntary evaluation, you can check the activation at any time in VIS:online. To do so, go to the menu item "Personal data -> "My teaching" -> menu item "Teaching performance" -> tab "Course analysis" in VIS.  There you can adjust the evaluation time for the courses. Likewise, the publication of the LVA results can be released.

Can the institute secretariat start the course analysis or set the date? 

No, only the lecturers themselves can change the dates of the course analysis or the type of course analysis in their personal VIS account under "My teaching". At the beginning of each semester, all lecturers of the faculties that are subject to mandatory evaluation receive information about this.

Which courses are evaluated by the LVA? 

Eight faculties each are obliged to undergo a full evaluation per academic year, thus all courses are evaluated. Teachers from the remaining eight faculties can, however, voluntarily participate in the LVA at any time and this offer is also used very frequently. For the academic year 2021/22, the following faculties have been assigned to the mandatory or voluntary evaluation:

Academic year 2021/22
Mandatory evaluation Voluntary evaluation
Architecture Biology
Business and Management Chemistry and Pharmacy
Educational Sciences Geo- and Atmospheric Sciences
Psychology and Sport Science Teacher Education
Social and Political Sciences Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics
Engineering Sciences Catholic Theology
Economics and Statistics Language, Literature and Culture
Law Philosophy and History
 

How long are the questionnaires for the LVA open? 

The online questionnaire is open for 14 days from receipt of the email and can only be completed once. If too little response is generated within one week, a reminder email will automatically be sent to all those students who have not yet participated by this time.

Can students complete the LVA more than once per course? 

No. All students are assigned a personalized TAN, which can only be used once. This ensures that only one survey can be completed per student.

 

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